Essex Summer Rapidplay Knockout – Plate Final

At Wanstead House, 13.9.18.  Report by Jef Page.
2 games as b&w, 30 minutes each. Wanstead won the toss, white on odds Round 1.

WANSTEAD I  7½-2½   ILFORD

    Rnd 1 Rnd 2    
189 John H HODGSON 1-0 1-0 Neville TWITCHELL 156 (r)
185 DaveSPEARMAN ½ ½ Tom BARTON 161 (r)
179 Steve RIX 1-0 1-0 Hassan MUGALU 151 (r)
154 Paul BARCLAY ½ ½ Anthony KENT 145 (r)
138 David SMITH 1-0 ½ Syd KALINSKY 158 (r)

Both the main competition, won by Barking beating Writtle, and our match took, place in the same room in Wanstead House. We were never in with a chance against Wanstead as they were too strong for us on the top boards. I couldn’t even win the coin toss for white on board 1 in round 1.

The match was effectively lost in Round 1. Barclay offered a quick grandmaster draw in a blocked Stonewall type of position and Anthony accepted. Kalinsky put in a strong attack but ignored his defence and allowed his Queen to be pinned against his King whilst Mugalu, pressing forward with a pawn advance, blundered it away and lost the R&P ending.

Round 2 was tighter but we were never close to overturning a 4-1 deficit. Tony wouldn’t risk opening up the position against Barclay and so again took a draw. Hassan lost control of his h- file and Rix’s Rooks invaded to win the R&P ending and Neville found John Hodgson too strong and whilst Nev’s opening development was good, as John levelled in the middle game Neville ran out of time. Our real star of the evening was Tom who in both games calmly stopped Spearman’s probing attacks with excellent defence.

A very disappointing night for Ilford with no winners of games amongst us. Reinforcements needed!

Jef Page.

 

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Essex Summer Knock-out: Ilford into the Plate final.

 

Ilford

R1

R2

Thurrock

1

Neville Twitchell 162 r (B, W)

1-0

1-0

Ian Woodward 154r (W,B)

2

Tom Barton 154 r

0-1

1-0

Joe Derrett      160 s

3

Jef Page 138 r (146B s)

Hassan Mugalu 161 r

1-0

1-0

Miroslaw Wysocki UG

4

Anthony Kent 144E r

½-½

1-0

F Butterworth-Parr 142r

5

Syd Kalinsky 147E r

0-1

1-0

Malcolm Crane 112r

 

 

2½-2½

5-0

 

 

Ilford

7½ – 2½

Thurrock

Essex Rapidplay Plate semi-final
Monday 23 July 2018

This match looked easy on paper and I was supposed to have the rare luxury of being non-playing captain, but it got very scary, particularly in round 1, as even though I had picked a strong team, Hassan failed to arrive and I subb’ed for him. So we started late, and of course he arrived minutes after we’d started the clocks.

Tom lost a  pawn in the opening and never really recovered and with Syd also losing it looked like we we’re going to do poorly in round one. But as last to finish, I won leveling the match when I held off Wysocki’s attack, and in the mad time scramble he made a terrible mistake and I picked off his Queen. So breathing a sigh of relief, we reached the interval at 2½-2½.

After a short break for tea we restarted and this time our quality showed through as Hassan Mugalu took my place. On top board our only winner of both his games was Neville as he outplayed Woodward in the opening and with his better R,N & B won the ending- forcing a pawn home to queen. Syd likewise made it difficult for Malcolm Crane to develop his pieces & Syd won his Queen for a R&B. This time around normal service was resumed as Tom caught Derrett’s King in the centre of the board as Derrett went for an all-out, but futile attack, and Tom also won his opponent’s errant Queen. This win sealed the match for us but it was followed up by both Tony and Hassan winning. In one of his usual ‘creeping’ positional attacks which saw white’s development stifled, when Kent won control of the h-file with his Queen, Butterworth-Parr’s cramped kingside collapsed. And finally Mugalu won a cheap pawn for nothing and with Wysocki also unable to develop his pieces properly, the win was never in doubt- a rare 5-nil rout in round 2.

We now go into the final which wil probably be in mid-September. Our opponents as yet unknown, either: Wanstead A or Upminster B.

Thanks to everyone who played. It shows what we can achieve with a strong team playing.

Jef Page.

Essex Knockout: Into the Semis of the Plate

PLAYED 2 JULY 2018, AT ILFORD

 

Ilford

R1

R2

Wanstead C

1

Neville Twitchell 162D r (B, W)

0-1

½-½

Kyan Bui 139A r (W, B)

2

Tom Barton 154E r

1-0

1-0

Peter Nickals 137B r

3

Anthony Kent 144E r

½-½

1-0

Keith Jones 137C r

4

Syd Kalinsky 147E r

1-0

1-0

Ben Harte 135D r

5

Jef Page 138F r (146B s)

1-0

0-1

Paul Haddock 129A r

 

 

3½-1½

3½-1½

 

 

Ilford

7-3

Wanstead C

A solid win for Ilford with 2 of our players, Tom and Syd, convincingly winning both games. In the first round top junior prospect Bui gave Neville a hard time on board 1, going 2 pawns up and thwarting every tactic Neville tried.  But fortunately, by then, Ilford had taken a 2.5-0.5 lead.

At 2.5 -1.5 up, Jef was struggling to win his first game. He went from a comfortable pawn up to losing pawns in the endgame. However, the clock saved him, and he won on time with just 14 seconds left! That gave a vital 3.5-1.5 lead at the turn round.

Anthony and Syd then won their second games in under half an hour, and the match was effectively over with 5.5 points in the bag.

We play Thurrock at home in the Semi-Final.

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Essex Knockout: Ilford K.O’d and into Plate

2018 Essex Rapidplay Knockout

PLAYED 12 JUNE 2018 AT UPMINSTER

 

UPMINSTER A

R1

R2

Ilford

1

Martin McCall 171E r (B, W)

1-0

1-0

Neville Twitchell 162D r (W, B)

2

Les Crane 177D r

1-0

1-0

Anthony Kent 144E r

3

Paul Rosenfeld 169D r

0-1

0-1

Syd Kalinsky 147E r

4

Robert Gill 167Er

1-0

0-1

Jef Page 138F r (146B s)

5

John Davenport 166D r

1-0

1-0

Anurag Singh Chauhan 116D r

 

4-1

3-2

 

7-3

 

30 minutes each on the clock, 2 games as black and white.

Not an unexpected result in a  tough 1st round draw against a strong Upminster Rapidplay A team. No disgrace in losing, though we should have run them a bit closer.  Neville returning to play a match for us on board 1, and Syd’s double wins over Rosenfeld were the highlights. Syd always had control in stopping Rosenfeld developing his pieces and he won a piece in both games leading to secure endgame wins. Jef had good play in both of his games. He could not quite work it out in the first game, but made no mistake in the 2nd.

Traffic problems on the A12 (bad accident closed 1 lane- police in attendance) meant that we arrived late but at least Upminster delayed the start.  we will now go into the 1st round Plate Competition with a home draw against Wanstead C on Monday 2nd July.

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Disappointing loss in final London League match of the 2017-18 season

East Ham 1 v Ilford 1
Wednesday 16 May 2018

For the second match in a row Ilford were never at the races. We started with a default and registered another to make it hard to get anything from the match but some of the games went away from us early. Steve Abbott registered the only win. Both Julian and Anthony had chances but both over-pressed.

Ilford are safe to return to the fray in Division 2 next season.

  East Ham 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Nigel Fleming              (w) 179 ½ – ½ Tom Barton 168
2 Peter Jaszkiwskyj         (b) 174 1 – 0 Default  
3 John  Davenport 169 ½ – ½ David Millward 167
4 Edison Figueroa 168 1 – 0 Julian Hudson 169
5 Martin Baker 159 1 – 0 Aidan Corish 148
6 Mike Wickham 152 1 – 0 Anthony Kent 150
7 Peter Rose 148 1 – 0 Jason W Klimach 146
8 Roland Glotzer e145 1 – 0 Jeffrey Page 144
9 Matthew Baker 144 0 – 1 Stephen J Abbott 141
10 Walkover   1 – 0 Forfeit  
  Total   8 – 2  

Essex League – Loss Against Loughton

Another defeat in the Essex league (starting to sound like an old vinyl record with a jumping needle) to finish off the season.  Loughton have become a bit of a bogey team for Ilford, even in our good seasons, and we have not taken points off them in quite a while.

Essex Chess League 2017/2018   Division 2
Date: Monday 30 April 2018  Venue: Redbridge Social Centre

Board   Ilford   Loughton
1 154 Mugalu, Hassan ½-½ Bowmer, Kevin 180
2 151 Kent, Anthony R 0-1 Stirling, William J 177
3 149 Kalinsky, Syd d-1 Faulkner, David J 156
4 143 Klimach, Jason W 1–0 Kershaw, Graham J 140
5 146 Page, Jeffrey ½-½ Van Tol, Martin 137
6 132 Gericke, Grant 0-1 Moth, Simon C 131
7 126 Chauhan, Anurag Singh 0-1 Groce, Ken 121
8 93 Tutu, Marshall 1–0 Newby, Jonathan 114
3-5

(From Jef’s notes) Bill Stirling got the better of Anthony Kent with pressure down the h-file and central control. Bill was a pawn up and the Rook and Pawn endgame win for him was never in doubt. Grant got Simon Moth in an early tangle but slowly Moth managed to free and develop his pieces, force Grant back and he too couldn’t hold the ending being pawns down. Chauhan found Groce too tough and with his control of the open board, Anurag’s queenside defences became overloaded and he lost a Bishop.

The other games were more pleasant to watch. Mugalu had a tough time on board 1 controlling Bowmer’s attack ,but Hassan calmly held a level Rooks, N & pawns endgame.

Klimach had his pieces pinned down close to his back rank and seemed to be having difficulty developing them properly but Kershaw was in a similar problem. When Jason finally won control of the c-file and the white squares around Kershaw’s uncastled King the win was assured.

Jasonloughton

Our final winner, long overdue after many defeats, was Marshall. Even though he arrived 30 minutes late,  did well to beat Newby by crippling his kingside and winning pawns to secure a won endgame.

 Marshallloughton

A disappointing end to a dismal season in the Essex League where our cumulative defaults have been highly damaging, and this match was no better. We can only hope for better things next season, particularly with some new players on board.

Heavy defeat in the London League

Ilford 1 v Dulwich 1
London League – Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ilford weren’t at the races for this match suffering a heavy defeat against the division’s bottom team 1.5 – 8.5. Dulwich had turned out a strong team but even so this was an evening that didn’t go right from the moment the toss was lost. Anthony Kents’s game was probably the only one where we had winning chances but in the end we only scored through three draws.

  Ilford 1 GRADE SCORE Dulwich 1 GRADE
           
1 Paolo Casaschi             (b) 174 0 – 1 Ryan Randall 211
2 Julian Hudson              (w) 169 0 – 1 Andrew Pridding 197
3 David Millward 167 0 – 1 John Mackinnon 195
4 Tom Barton 168 0 – 1 Peter Andrews 176
5 Les Crane 164 0 – 1 Haran Rasalingam 168
6 Anthony Kent 150 ½ – ½ Gerry Peebles-Brown 159
7 Aidan Corish 148 ½ – ½ Vincent Homolka 158
8 Jason W Klimach 146 ½ – ½ Marlon Andre Seton 147
9 Jeffrey Page 144 0 – 1 Oliver Morley 141
10 Grant Gericke 139 0 – 1 Slobodan Svircevic e140
           
  Total   1½ – 8½